John Riddle is a Retired Sergeant who served with the West Palm Beach Police Department. During his 28 years of service he has worked as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer and Road Patrol Supervisor. John is certified in the State of Florida to teach Defensive Tactics and Firearms to Law Enforcement officers.

In 1989, John tried out and was selected to become a member of the SWAT Team for the West Palm Beach Police Department where he served for 16 years.

He instructed the SWAT Team’s defensive tactics program, firearms and tactical entry. He worked for 13 years on the Entry Team and 3 years as a Sniper Team Leader. In 1996, John was selected as a member of the CAT Team; a street level narcotics unit that performed drug buys, wrote search warrants, conducted prostitution stings and worked tactical patrol duties in high risk areas. John’s teaching career began in the mid 1980’s when he was assigned as a Combat Arms Training Instructor (CATM) in the United States Air Force Marksmanship Unit. During his Air Force career John taught firearm skills to Air Force Security Police, Air Force Base Law Enforcement Personnel, Para Rescue units and Combat Controllers.

Training / Certification

  • Black Belt in Korean Karate
  • Certified Personal Trainer / Physical Fitness Specialist with The Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research
  • Certified SABRE Civilian Safety Awareness Program – Pepper Spray Instructor
  • Certified Master SABRE Law Enforcement – Pepper Spray Instructor
  • Certified TASER C2 – Civilian Training Instructor
  • Certification in all areas of Officer Survival
  • Certified Redman Instructor
  • Certified Close Quarter Personal Self Defense Training Instructor
  • TeamOne Network Instructor
  • NRA Certified Pistol Instructor
  • NRA Certified Rifle Instructor
  • NRA Certified Range Safety Officer
  • Simunition Scenario and Safety Instructor
  • CT 707 – Israeli Special Forces Krav Maga Instructor
  • Burn with Kerns Strength and Conditioning Coach Certification
  • Instructor, Sabre Law Enforcement Aerosol Projectors
  • CRM PT – Basic Instructor Level: Common Sense Self Defense / Street Combat
  • Certified Personal Defense Readiness Coach / Blauer Tactical System
  • CPR / AED – First Aid Certified under the American Heart Association
  • Stop the Bleed / Bleeding Control Basic 1.0 under Rescue Operations International – Rob Soto

International Trainer

  • Garda College in Templemore, Ireland 2011: Instructed members of the Ireland military, police and swat in a 3 day RedMan training course sponsored by TeamOne Network
  • Rome, Italy 2011: Instructed members of the Rome Police and civilians in a Contemporary Jeet Kune Do course.
  • Alberta-Calgary, Canada 2012: Instructed members of the Jeet Kune Do Athletics Association on Situational Awareness


  • Promotion to Sergeant of Police – 2003
  • Officer of the Quarter – 2002
  • Service Certificate – 1996
  • Certificate of Merit – 1991, 1992
  • Black Belt Magazine “2012 Instructor of the Year / Hall of fame”
  • World Head of Family Sokeship Council-Grandmaster-Founder of Combatives Style- Progressive Self Defense Systems. June 21, 2014


  • American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers – 2006
  • International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors – 2006
  • International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association – 2006/2012
  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement Defensive Tactics Panel – 2006, 2007, 2008
  • TeamOne Instructor Conference – 2007 / 2008 / 2012
  • Honored Member of the Biltmore Who’s Who – January 2010
  • Israeli Special Forces Krav Maga – 2011
  • Blauer Tactical Systems – 2017


Law Officer
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“Body Language: Understand and Pay Attention to Movement Cues”
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Police News Magazine / issue June 2012

Black Belt Magazine
  • February/March 2015, Volume 53 – Number 2, Pages 34-41
    “Lonewolf Terrorist- The Clear and Present Danger of Domestic Terrorism”
  • August/September 2014, Pages 56-58
    “Situational Awareness 101-Lessons Learned During a Quarter Century of Law Enforcement”
  • March 2013, Pages 64-65
    “Active Shooter Self Defense- Planning your response now can save your life in a worst-case scenario”
Boca Magazine
  • November 2016, Page 84
    “4 Self Defense Moves You Can’t Live Without”

Black Belt Magazine 2012 Hall Of Fame Special Issue

black-belt-issue-thumbOn November 2012, Black Belt the world’s leading magazine of Martial Arts, published its Hall of Fame issue, and selected Mr. John Riddle as Instructor of the Year.
“JOHN RIDDLE IS THE KIND OF AMERICAN HERO–the kind who does the job and saves the day but doesn’t get the attention he deserves because he’s already moved on to another job so he can save the day tomorrow.”

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